Sunday, October 18, 2009

Shining God’s Light on the Koran – the Bible versus the Koran, Part 2

Sam continues his on-going series, which contrasts the Judeo-Christian Bible with the Islamic Koran on a variety of topics. He aims the beam of the Biblical laser on the Koran to expose, to reveal what it really says. See his previous articles here.
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The Bible v. the Koran

The question at hand is: Does the word of God change or contradict itself?

THE KORANIC ACCOUNT

The only true religion in Allah’s eyes is Islam (Surah 3:19).

Won’t they then muse on the Koran? If it were from anyone other than Allah: they would have found in it many contradictions (Surah 4:82).


COMMENTARY ON THE KORANIC ACCOUNT

It is expected that those who know of the Koran will think on its writings. This will affect the conduct of those choosing to obey the words of Allah in the Koran. Understanding for their conduct will be gained as one ponders what is written.

Apparently, it is expected that those who write will not be error free and non-contradictory unless the writing is from God. Contradictions in a manuscript are considered a sure sign that God did not write the manuscript. Obviously, it is considered by the Koran that God does not contradict Himself.

If the Holy Bible is written by Allah then why would Allah consider Islam to be the only true religion? Did he not, at least according to the Koran, also found Judaism and Christianity? Is there a contradiction between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity?

THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNT

Psalm 119:89 Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.

COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNT

Settled means to be established on a permanent basis, stable, and not given to change. In this case, it is God’s word which is settled and it is forever: for all time and eternity. Since God’s word is settled in heaven it is also settled on earth as well which means that God has thought through what He would say or write and will not change His mind on what He has said or had written.

The living things on earth lose their vitality over time as their life leaves them. The writer of the Psalm gives the grass and the flower as examples of what changes over time for their life cycle is soon over. In contrast to things that die, the word of God is proclaimed as viable forever: for all time and eternity. The word of God is alive and its vitality which is from the Spirit of God energies it at all times.

COMPARING & CONTRASTING THE KORAN WITH SCRIPTURE

The Koran focuses on the desirability of a person to meditate on its writings. The claim is made that people have not been able to find any contradictions in the Koran and this is then given as a proof of the Koran being from God. This denotes a doubt on the part of the writer that the Koran is really from God. Still, non contradictory is a good test for authenticity.

The Holy Bible, Scripture, proclaims itself the word of God with no reservations. It makes its statements in an authoritative way. It is established and unchangeable in heaven and will always be secure.

CONCLUSION

The Holy Bible appears to be more sure of itself as to its authenticity as being from God than does the Koran. The word of God does not change or contradict its self.

REFERENCES


The Koran passages are a paraphrase of several English translations.
The Koran, translated by N.J. Dawood: A Penguin Classic
The Qur’an, translated by M.H. Shakir: Tahrike Tarsile Qur’an, Inc.
The Holy Qur’an, translated by Maulana Muhammad Ali: Ahmadiyya Anjumann Isha’at Lahore Inc. U.S.A.
The Koran, translated by Marmaduke Pickethall: Everyman’s Library, The Meaning of the Glorious Koran, An explanatory translation by Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall, Dar al-Islamiyya, P.O.B. 45677-1298, Kuwait
The Holy Bible is the King James translation of 1611 from the WORD program by Tom Hills with the New Creations


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